Eddie F is a music industry veteran who helped shape the face of 90’s hip-hop as a founding member of the influential group Heavy D & The Boyz. The Mount Vernon, NY native started the group with his friend, the late-great Dwight “Heavy D” Myers. Eddie’s been making hits for more than three decades since, as producer, songwriter, record executive, and talent developer.
His resume reads like a ‘who’s who’ of modern pop, R&B, and hip-hop. Eddie F has worked with icons like LL Cool J, Madonna, TLC, and the queen of hip-hop soul herself, Mary J. Blige. On the business side of the biz, he held the VP chair at both Motown and LA Reid’s LaFace Records. In 2023, the seasoned producer turned his attention to discovering and developing emerging talent via his new platform, Eddie F Presents.
“Gentle (JeJe)” is the brand new single from Eddie F Presents, released worldwide via all major streaming services on July 11, 2023. On the track, Eddie introduces up and coming Nigerian singer, KHiiD with a smooth Afrobeats slow jam. Percussive organic and electronic elements lay down a sexy downtempo syncopated funk as the singer serenades the object of his affection over deep and mellow bass tones.
Check out “Gentle (JeJe)” below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Dive : Hip-hop and R&B playlist, the ‘Trenches’ mix on the Deep Dive : Dance & Electronic, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with Eddie. Read his answers to our 8 questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article and get in the loop on all of the hits to come from Eddie F Presents.
8 Questions with Eddie F
Where are you from?
Mt Vernon, NY
How long have you been making music?
20 plus years
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Myself, A Lady & A Tramp, & Spaceman Patterson
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, LA & BabyFace, Jam & Lewis, Bruno Mars, Rick Ross, Mariah Carey, Cardi B, Lil Baby, Migos, Teddy Riley, Mary J Blige, Jodeci, Diddy, Doja Cat, Drake, and the incomparable Jackson family
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, & Bill Gates
What inspired you to create this project?
I wanted to create a platform (Eddie F Presents) to partner with talented artists and consistently put out quality music.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
To continue to release music and also create long standing relationships with talented artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and fans of music globally.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I really enjoy creating great music that inspires people to enjoy themselves, feel good, and have quality experiences with the people that they are close to.